Food is part pastime and part religion in Italy, and that includes dessert. You’d be wise to save some room after pasta or pizza for confections, pastries, and gelato from Rome’s dizzying selection of gourmet shops. Here’s what you need to know.
Rome is well-known for its savory dishes, but that doesn’t mean Romans skip dessert. Most visitors are familiar with gelato, ubiquitous from one end of Italy to the other. Several famous gelaterias dot the streets in Rome, and enjoying a cone while strolling through a piazza in the evening is a quintessentially Italian experience. Pop a chunk of torrone in your mouth for an intensely sweet bite of nougat, often studded with pistachios, and try a rich granita al caffè, a dark espresso slushie, to cool you down and give you energy for more sightseeing. Don’t miss the maritozzi, sweetened buns split in two by mountains of whipped cream, and remember that biscotti means any kind of cookies, not only the ones you dip into coffee.
Sample some of Rome’s best sweet treats on a walking tour focused on espresso and gelato.
Go to Tazza d’Oro near the Pantheon for a granita al caffè con panna.
Learn to make artisanal Roman gelato during a gelato cooking class.
Sample Italian treats originating from across the country, from the Venice’s tiramisu to Sicilian cannoli.
Enjoy gelato on an evening stroll through any of Rome’s lovely piazzas.